Meanwhile I’m preparing the posts about the amazing places I’ve seen during my cruise-vacation(if you want to know more about it, click here 😉 ) I’ll share with you one of my favourite trips I’ve made during my Italian summer 🙂
I’m lucky to have my hometown positioned just 30 minutes by train from a city that is admired all over the world: Venice! When friends of mine from abroad or from other parts of Italy, come to visit me a trip there is a must! Because of this, I can say I have been there many different times, in different seasons and with diverse weather. Despite this, I must say, I’m not an expert about Venice and it’s history but after many trips there I did understood which are the best things to do in order to get the most of your day there without being smothered by tourists, which the city, no matter the weather it’s always full of.
TAKE AN ISLAND BOAT TOUR
In case you didn’t know, Venice is composed by many little islands which are possible to reach both by public transport, taking the “bus boats” or joining an organised tours. Unless you want to spend one day per island, I strongly suggest you to go for the second option because when comparing prices it happens to be the most convenient (I know sounds weird…).
The tour I did for example, we payed 18€, visited 3 islands where we could stay for 40/50 minutes, had an English guide and it was as not crowded as the bus boat so each of us had a seat. Plus, it started directly from the train station so we didn’t walk to the opposite side of the city where usually you have to go to get the bus.
Some of the most famous Islands are:
MURANO also called ” The Glass Island”
Indeed, this island is known all over the world as a centre for glassmaking due to the fact that the way the glass here is produced and worked it’s special and unique. Venice kept protecting the secret of the production of glass and of crystal until it became a trademark called “Vetro Artistico Murano”. Thanks to the tour I’ve chosen, I had the possibility to watch how the glass is made using the blown glass technique and it was really impressive to see how fast but at the same precise the worker has to be in order to work the glass when it’s hot!
BURANO, the Island of colours
Burano was my favourite, I would have spent there all day! The most famous characteristic of this island is that it’s full of colours due to the fact that each house is painted and decorated in a different way which make the whole atmosphere joyful and vibrant therefore you can’t be not happy when being there! 🙂
In the past Torcello was one of the many Monastery Islands where Venetian monks lived. Indeed, it is still possible to visit the remaining part of the ancient Monastery and the original church, but if you’d like to visit a Monastery I would rather suggest the Saint Lazarus of the Armenians one, located in another island always in the Venetian lagoon. This one is still in use and there a beautiful library definitely worth a visit!
While in Torcello, besides the Church and the remains of the Monastery, there are a few restaurants serving typical regional food and the landscape can also be considered as an attraction since it’s way more natural and rural than the other islands.
GET LOST AROUND VENICE STREETS
Getting lost around Venice streets is my favourite thing to do when I’m there. Venice is so pretty and full of beauty but I believe that often, since it’s always full of tourists any time of the year, you can’t manage to appreciate it totally. That’s why, when I bring there friends of mine, after showing them the main attractions such as
San Marco Square
and The “Sospiri” Bridge
I usually tell them ” Okay, now let’s get lost” and we just start wandering around without following the streets signals and believe me, even though I did this many times, each time I discover something new and see stuff that in a crowded place I wouldn’t notice at all!
So, even if you’re in Venice just for one day, take an hour and just go where your heart or your nose brings you! You won’t be dissapointed! 🙂
If you’re taking the boat tour I’ve mentioned you can end the tour directly in San Marco square and start your “getting lost” moment from there and at a certain moment you can ask or see if there are any signs to the train station to go back and end your “not ordinary day in Venice” 😉
What about you, have you ever been to Venice? Which were your favourite things you did there? I would be pleased and glad to read your experience!
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